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Local Government Update, March 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020

Fairhope Planning Commission Meeting – March 2, 2020

Greeno Road Commercial Corridor Overlay Dist. in Question

In a surprising move, the Fairhope Planning Commission voted to send a denial recommendation to the City Council on Greeno Road Zoning Amendment changes.  The Greeno Road Corridor Overlay Zoning Dist. has been discussed for months, numerous public hearings have been held, and city staff have modified the proposals several times.  The denial recommendation will now move to the city council for a final vote.  The moratorium on all re-zonings, site plan reviews, and MOPs within the Greeno Road Dist. is set to expire in May of 2020.

16-Unit Multiple Occupancy Project Coming to Twin Beech Road

The Fairhope Planning Commission voted to approve a request from Provision Investments, LLC for a Multiple Occupancy Project located at the corner of Thompson Hall Road, and Twin Beech Road, outside Fairhope. The 1.98-acre property is un-zoned with the County, but also lies within the Fairhope extra territorial jurisdiction.  As such, both Baldwin County and the City of Fairhope had to sign off on the project.  The project is to be known as the Thompson Hall Quadplexes.  A total of 16 units are planned, in four buildings.  Units would be two-stories, with an enclosed garage.

Two-Lot Division Approved for Major Intersection

The Fairhope Planning Commission approved a request by BYC, LLC for a 2-lot minor subdivision.  The 56.69-acre un-zoned property is located on the northwest corner of the intersection of State Hwy. 181 and State Hwy. 104.  There is an existing home located on the north end of the property.  This division will carve out the home from the corner parcel.  There were no publicly disclosed plans for the property at this time.

Hill Top Phase II Preliminary Plat Approved

The Fairhope Planning Commission approved the preliminary plat for an 8-lot subdivision request made by Two Hands Design and Development, LLC. The property is located on the north side of Hill Top Phase I, on the west side of S. Section St.  This subdivision will be accessed from Petiole Dr., located in the first phase of Hill Top, which is currently under construction.

Traffic Concerns Surround Highlands at Fairhope Village

The Fairhope Planning Commission granted the preliminary and final plat for the Highlands at Fairhope Village despite acknowledging the development will have traffic issues.  The Highlands at Fairhope Village is a 24-lot subdivision which sits on 7.34 acres, and is located on the north side of Fly Creek Ave, behind Publix Shopping Center.  The Highlands is part of a larger development which includes 240 units at the Retreat at Fairhope Village Apartments, which are currently under construction.  All access to the developments is via Parker Road, which connects to Hwy. 98. 

 

Baldwin County Planning Commission Meeting – March 5, 2020

Dollar General Store Planned for Elberta Area

The Baldwin County Planning Commission granted conditional use approval to allow a commercial retail store to exceed the 8,000 square feet limit on property zoned B-2 (Neighborhood Business Dist.). In NB districts discount/variety stores exceeding 8,000 square feet may be allowed through the conditional use process, subject to approval of the Planning Commission.  The request was filed by The Broadway Group, LLC (Dollar General) to construct a 9,100 square feet store located on the southwest corner of Hwy. 98 and County Road 97, east of the Elberta area. 

Savannah Estates Site Plan Back for Review

The Site Plan for Savannah Estates, a 355-lot planned residential subdivision, was again up for consideration before the Baldwin County Planning Commission.  The 122-acre property is located northeast of the intersection of County Rd. 54 and County Road 64, east of Daphne.  In December, the County Commission voted to deny the site plan for the development, based largely on concerns over an active dirt pit located on the property.  Developers presented another site plan for review at the March Planning Commission meeting, this time adding a boring plan.  The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the site plan.  It will now go before the County Commission again for final approval.

Zoning Amendments Proposed for Point Clear Dist.

The Baldwin County Planning Commission voted to send a favorable recommendation to the County Commission for approval of zoning text amendments to Planning Dist. 26 (Point Clear).  The items addressed include accessory dwellings, side yard setbacks, available zoning districts, Planned Residential Development (PRD) districts, and allowable uses.  Accessory dwellings would only be permitted in RSF-1 and RSF-2, and could only be 60% of the size of the principal dwelling.  The proposals would eliminate the future availability of the following zoning districts from Point Clear: RSF-3, RSF-4, RTF-4, RSF-6, RMF-6, HDR.  It would also eliminate the following uses from any commercial property:  boarding, rooming or lodging house, dormitory, car wash, cemetery, discount/variety store, drug store, laundry, mini-warehouse, neighborhood convenience store greater than 4,000 square feet, RV park, drive-in restaurant, and fast food restaurant.

           

Orange Beach Planning Commission Meeting – March 9, 2020

Site Plan for New Orange Beach Dollar General Store Denied

The Orange Beach Planning Commission heard a request from The Broadway Group, LLC (Dollar General) for approval of a site plan to construct a 9,100 square foot retail store in the Bear Point area of Orange Beach.  The property is located on Canal Road, west of Bear Point Plaza.  The .93-acre property is in the GB (General Business) zoning district, and had double road frontage with Canal Rd. to the south, and Magnolia Ave. to the north. Planning Commission members had safety concerns over the parking, truck delivery, and traffic plans for the lot.  The Planning Commission voted unanimously to deny the site plan, citing safety over access of large delivery trucks to the site.

Robinson Grove PUD Planned for Walker Key Blvd. in Orange Beach

The Orange Beach Planning Commission voted to recommend final PUD approval to re-zone 1.69 acres from MR (Marine Resort) to PUD (Planned Unit Development), and subdivide the property into 14 lots.  A single-family residential subdivision is planned, containing 14 lots with a common swimming pool and boat access to Terry Cove.  The property is located at 4576 Walker Key Blvd, east of Walker Key Condominiums.  Designs presented to the public included three-bedroom cottages on pilings, with two livable stories. Vacation rentals will be allowed in the development. 

 

Fairhope City Council Meeting – March 12, 2020

City of Fairhope Annexes Site of Future Ball Field

The City of Fairhope approved the annexation of 113 acres located at the northwest intersection of County Rd. 13 and County Rd. 32 into the city limits.  The city previously purchased the property for future public park space, to be used for additional ball fields.  No timeline has been set for development of the ball fields.

 

County Commission Meeting – March 17, 2020

County Road 64 Commercial Re-Zoning Gains Final Approval

The Baldwin County Commission granted final approval for the re-zoning of 5 acres on the north side of County Road 64, just east of Hwy. 181.  The property is adjacent to a larger corner parcel, and when combined will total 18 acres.  The entire tract will now be zoned B-3.  An unspecified retail development is planned for the property.

 

Orange Beach City Council Meeting – March 17, 2020

Council Changes Direction on Mini-Warehouse Metal Siding

The Orange Beach City Council voted to reconsider and change their previous text amendment regarding the use of metal siding on mini-warehouse buildings.  The council previously voted to prohibit mini-warehouse developments from using metal siding on any exterior surface.  That has now changed.  Based on the reconsideration vote, the text amendment will now allow metal siding on mini-warehouses on three sides, while the front facing façade must meet the city architectural guidelines, with no metal siding allowed on the front.                     

 

Foley Planning Commission Meeting – March 18, 2020 (CANCELLED Due to COVID-19)

 

Fairhope City Council Meeting – March 23, 2020

Fairhope Cancels April Planning Commission Meeting

The Fairhope City Council voted to cancel the upcoming Planning Commission meeting that was scheduled for April 6, 2020 due to the city response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This was done in addition to closing the Fairhope Municipal Pier and several public parks.

 

Gulf Shores Planning Commission Meeting – March 24, 2020 (CANCELLED Due to COVID-19)

 

Daphne Planning Commission Meeting – March 26, 2020

Whataburger Site Plant Approved

The Daphne Planning Commission approved the site plan for a Whataburger restaurant to be located in the Malbis area.  The 1.4-acre parcel is located southeast of Dimitrois Avenue and Frederick Blvd.   The property is in front of the Lowe’s store, off Hwy. 181, and zoned B-2.

 

Senior Living Village Planned for Daphne

The Daphne Planning Commission voted to send a favorable recommendation to the    Daphne City Council to re-zone 20.72 acres located at the northeast corner of Hwy. 98 and Dale Rd.  The property is currently zoned B-2, and developers are requesting PUD zoning.  If approved by the city council, plans include developing a 170-unit senior living village, to be named Seagrass Village.  The development would include options for varying levels of independence.  A two-story main building would house 90 units for both assisted living and independent living. The remainder of the development would be a mixture of patio homes and duplexes